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Ginger Root - Herbal Wisdom Wednesday

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Ginger Root - Herbal Wisdom Wednesday

Common Name: Ginger Latin Name: Zingiber officinale  Family: Zingiberaceae  The Blurb: Ginger root is a great herb to keep on hand for its warming qualities and digestive properties. Ginger root is great at reliving nausea, bloat and gas. Peel and chop up a ginger root then simmering on low on the stove with water is an easy and tasty way to soothe your stomach after a large meal or your stomach is generally feeling unsettled. You can even add honey to sweeten it up and make it easy to drink if you aren't a huge fan of ginger! It has also been...

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Ashwagandha

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Ashwagandha

Adaptogenic Nervous System Support: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root is an Ayurvedic herb that is traditionally used similarly to ginseng. Also called Indian Ginseng and Winter Cherry, it is a nervous system restorative and has adaptogenic properties which increase one’s vitality and physical endurance. Dr. Vasant Lad sees it as "the best rejuvenative herb, particularly for the muscles, marrow and semen" hence it's long usage as a sexual tonic.  However, it has benefits for everyone from children to the elderly in cases of weakness and tissue deficiency, debilitation by chronic disease, overwork, lack of sleep or nervous exhaustion and much more. Ashwagandha...

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Breathe....Breathe in the Air!

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Breathe....Breathe in the Air!

Be still a moment….take a long, slow deep breath in….roll your shoulders gently back…..breathe out again. The act of simply breathing is so inherent and automatic that many of us don’t even think about it, but with all these wildfires surrounding us creating so much smoke in the air, it’s important that we take care of our precious respiratory system!  In this week’s #herbalwisdomwednesday we’re sharing a few of our favorite herbal blends to keep those lungs in top shape! First up is our incomparable Lung Blend tea.  Formerly called Forest Blend, this combination of organically grown Echinacea Purpurea root,...

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Fairy Folk Around the World

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Fairy Folk Around the World

To mark the 1st Annual Fairy Festival happening this Saturday at our own Arcata Plaza, we would love to make #herbalwisdomwednesday all about the wee magical folk around the world and the plant & herbs associated with them.  When many of us think of Fairies, we imagine the tricky sprites, pixies and elf-like creatures from the Gaelic-Celtic-Northern European traditions and, naturally, many of the plants and trees native to those areas are associated with them. A couple of examples include: -Foxglove (Digitalis) have also been called Fairy Gloves and Fairyweed and the little spots inside the flowers are said to...

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Hawthorn - Herb Blurb

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Hawthorn - Herb Blurb

In these challenging times of stress and worry, our hearts can take a lot of abuse. Emotionally, absolutely, but those stress hormones can take a big toll on the physical body of our hearts as well. Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is a cardiac tonic that can do so much to protect this most vital organ.Description:A lovely dense tree or shrub that grows throughout the northern hemisphere, Hawthorn has small, sharp thorns, white or white/pink flowers and red berries. These tenacious plants can grow up to 25 feet and are native to North America, Europe, and Asia. In both the East and...

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